(1) During the first two years after the commencement of this Constitution, appointments of members of the Anglo-Indian community to posts in the railway, customs, postal and telegraph services of the Union shall be made on the same basis as immediately before the fifteenth day of August, 1947.

 

During every succeeding period of two years, the number of posts reserved for the members of the said community in the said services shall, as nearly as possible, be less by ten per cent. than the numbers so reserved during the immediately preceding period of two years:

 

     Provided that at the end of ten years from the commencement of this Constitution all such reservations shall cease.

 

(2) Nothing in clause (1) shall bar the appointment of members of the Anglo-Indian community to posts other than, or in addition to, those reserved for the community under that clause if such members are found qualified for appointment on merit as compared with the members of other communities.

Debate Summary

Draft Article 297, Draft Constitution of India (1948) 

(1) During the first two years after the commencement of this Constitution, appointments of members of the Anglo-Indian community to posts in the railway, customs, postal and telegraph services of the Union shall be made on the same basis as immediately before the fifteenth day of August 1947. 

During every succeeding period of two years, the number of posts reserved for the members of the said community in the said services shall, as nearly as possible, be less by ten per cent than the numbers so reserved during the immediately preceding period of two years: 

Provided that at the end of ten years from the commencement of this Constitution all such reservations shall cease. 

(2) Nothing in clause (1) shall bar the appointment of members of the Anglo-Indian community to posts other than, or in addition to, those reserved for the community under that clause if such members are found qualified for appointment on merit as compared with the members of other communities. 

 
Draft Article 297 (Article 336, Constitution of India 1950) was taken up on 16 August 1949. It gives the State the power to nominate Anglo Indians to posts in railways, customs, postal, and telegraph services. It also clarified that Anglo-Indians who qualify for appointment on merit can be appointed to government posts as well.  

 

The Constituent Assembly adopted this Draft Article without debate.